Apr. 05, 2020
As we gather this morning around our country through spirit and unity, those few who are here, and those who will be listening at home, we need to recognize the beauty of this season. It may be hard to see, but I believe it to be more true in this moment for us than we can imagine. As we are undone and disassembled, may this Resurrection season reveal the glory of God more than any other. These are peculiar times, but I am most thankful that I have a particular Savior; One that can not be overcome by the schemes of man, the ploys of satan, or anything else in all of creation. I am convinced that tribulation, nor distress, nor persecution, nor famine, nor nakedness, nor danger, nor sword, death nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord!
As this is Palm Sunday, we can relate, for we too are eagerly awaiting our King to come and deliver us! I can assure you HE IS coming back. Join me as we take a look back to remember this occasion and find joy in our own hearts as we are comforted by the truths we find here.
1.) The significance of the colt.
a. Prophecy fulfilled. Zechariah 9:9
b. A horse was considered an animal of war, while a donkey was considered an animal of peace.
i. Jesus was the humble servant/not the warrior king.
c. No man had ever sat upon the colt./ No man could occupy the seat of Jesus.
i. The colt carried Jesus nearer the tomb where no man had lain. His death was like no other.
2.) The praise of the people.
a. Laying of cloaks before a king's procession was a type of homage. 2 Kings 9:13
i. The cloak is a picture of possession; Here the disciples set Jesus over them.
ii. The crowds likewise cast their cloaks before the procession.
b. The crying of "Hosanna": That is "Save now. O save us!".
c. Matthew 21 says, "Those who went before Him and that followed Him were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"
d. Mark 10 records, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!"
e. Luke 19, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
i. The angels said peace on earth; Luke 2
ii. Here the people cry "peace in Heaven". To the glory of God, this is the reconciliation and peace between the two!
f. John 12 has this description, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!
3.) Jesus is Lord of All!
a. Luke give us a window to this truth: Recording the grumbling remarks of the Pharisees who were attempting to silence the crowds in fear of unwanted attention from Rome.
b. Luke 19:39 "And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, 'Teacher, rebuke your disciples.' He answered, 'I tell you, f these were silent, the very stones would cry out'."
i. Romans 8:22 "For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. (23) And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we await adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
O what beautiful praise, as we glanced into the throne room of heaven last week in Isaiah and saw the Seraphs worshiping in that heavenly choir singing from one side of the room to the other, "Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of of Hosts! and the refrain from the other side, "The whole earth is filled with His glory!", and now we see the host of Jesus' disciples in the same chorus, "Hosanna, Hosanna, in the Highest!" to the reverb of "Blessed is the King of Israel!"
Would that we join in, Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is our Lord! Save us to the utmost, the highest!
Is this your reality? Are you eagerly awaiting the return of Jesus? Will you be in the crowd praising or among the ones wishing they would be silent?